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Wells Fargo directly taking donations for Willie Navy


People wishing to donate money to help defray medical expenses for assault victim Willie Navy should send money directly to Brainerd Citizens Against Violence Fund in care of Wells Fargo Bank, 424 W. Washington St., Brainerd, MN, 56401. 


Donations previously sent to the bank at a post office box number were being returned, it was reported. 

Navy, 53, Brainerd, was assaulted Feb. 6 after leaving a bar in downtown Brainerd, suffering severe eye injuries. Two men have been arrested and charged with several counts of assault, including felony first-degree assault and gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault motivated by bias. 

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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